Launch of UN Week 2009

October 15, 2009

  1. From October 16 (Fri) to 24 (Sat) of this year, the United Nations Information Centre, United Nations Communications Group-Japan (UNCG-J), United Nations Association of Japan, Japan Model United Nations Society, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will collectively present “UN Week 2009.” The Week will provide a common platform for a series of events and activities to be held in cooperation with UN-related organizations around the nation, focusing on the UN, our planet, and our future. The Week, which is the first such event, will culminate with UN Day on October 24, which is celebrated annually in commemoration of the UN's founding.
  2. Stand Up Take Action, the UN Week 2009 kickoff event, will be held on October 16 and will be attended by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs including Mr. Tetsuro Fukuyama, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs. The UN Day 2009 Symposium entitled “The Development of Human Security: 15 Years of Recollections and Prospects” will be held on October 23 (Fri) at the United Nations University Headquarters, and Mr. Koichi Takemasa, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, will give the opening remarks. Other events related to the UN are scheduled to be held during UN Week by various UN agencies, local governments, corporate organizations, NGOs, universities, and youth organizations. In addition, a UN feature is included in the November edition of the monthly “Gaiko Forum” magazine, which is currently on sale. For more information, please refer to the UN Week 2009 and Together with the UN websites.
  3. It is expected that the various events during UN Week 2009 will deepen the understanding and support of Japanese people regarding the roles that Japan and the UN play in solving global scale issues. Based on this, the Government of Japan plans to continue making ever greater contributions towards world peace and prosperity through the UN.

(Reference 1)  UN Week 2009 Events

  • Stand Up Take Action
    (Friday, October 16 to Sunday, October 18, locations throughout Japan)
    [Primarily organized by GCAP Japan, with support from United Nations Information Centre Tokyo]
  • UN Week 2009 Global Environment Exhibition: Our Planet
    (Friday, October 16 to Thursday, October 22, Osaka City Hall)
    [Organized jointly by the UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre, Global Environment Centre Foundation, and Osaka City]
  • The International Saitama Symposium: “Towards the Realization of Millennium Development Goals”
    (Saturday, October 17 to Sunday October 18, Urawa Royal Pines Hotel)
    [Organized jointly by the International Saitama Symposium Executive Committee and the United Nations Association of Japan]
  • Speech Contest for high school students: promote international understanding and cooperation
    (Monday, October 19, United Nations University Headquarters)
    [Organized jointly by United Nations Association of Japan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs]
  • Mini Symposium “Participation by the UN, NGOs, and Civil Society: What Citizens Can Do for UN Reform”
    (Monday, October 19, Tokyo Women’s Plaza)
    [Primarily organized by the NGO Liaison Group for Considering UN Reform, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs]
  • Corporate Efforts Towards Achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
    (Tuesday, October 20, United Nations University Headquarters)
    [Organized jointly by Global Compact Japan Network and the United Nations Information Centre]
  • Model UN Workshop
    (Wednesday, October 21, Tokyo University, Komaba Campus)
    [Organized Jointly by the Model United Nations Society and United Nations Information Centre]
  • 2009 UN Day Symposium “The Emergence of Human Security: 15th Anniversary”
    (Friday, October 23, United Nations University Headquarters)
    [Primarily organized by United Nations University, with support from UN agencies and other organizations]
  • Social Venture Competition: “The UN and Business: Let's Change the World Together”
    (Saturday, October 24, United Nations University Headquarters)
    [Organized by the Model United Nations Society]
  • The November Issue of the Monthly Periodical “Gaiko Forum” (Released on Thursday, October 8)
    Feature Article: “UN Diplomacy, Time for Restructuring”

(Reference 2)  Websites related to UN Week 2009